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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 1999, 2:00
Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...> wrote:

> The best way to make your language look really naturalistic is > to layer regular systems over one another. This can be just like > I described for English above, just within one category of words > like verbs, or it could be for pit the semantic makeup of words > against, say, their phonetic form.
Oh, that's exactly what I love to do in Drasel=E9q. Small but noticeable irregularities of phonetic origin, like the ones you have in Phaleran. For example: _fa_ 'this one' _fes_ 'this' _fais_ 'this one (GEN)' _f=E4n_ 'this one (ACC)' from underlying *_fa, fais, faais, faen_. Or the verbs will double stems, like _tupsen_, which conjugates as _tups, touber, tup, toubut, tupser, toubek_ or _=FCblithten_, which goes _=FCbelitht, =FCbelther,...,=FCblithtat, =FCblithter, =FCbelth= ek_. Plus there's a lot of semi-irregular nouns where vowels in unstressed open syllables are syncoped when you add case inflections. (It's irregular because vowels that derive from a shortened formerly long vowel *don't* get syncoped.) Or nouns where a final stop is geminated when a vowel-initial inflection is added: _pat_ 'side' _pattadh_ 'the sides' from old _batta_. --Pablo Flores